Pompano Joe's - Panama City Beach

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Seafood
Pompano Joe's takes tremendous pride in serving Gulf seafood to its guests. If it lives in the Gulf, you will most likely find it on our menu. Our seafood is delivered daily and it is handled with great care from the minute it arrives at our door to the time it arrives at your table. Our standards are high and it shows in the presentation and flavor of every seafood dish we serve. We're a neighborhood beach place where you can "savor the flavor" of the Islands!
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SW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Normally I would not venture over to a big chain restaurant, but my wife wanted coconut shrimp and they had it so we went. I didn’t have high expectations for great food but I was really surprised at how delicious all the food was. The coconut shrimp were great, I had the blackened grouper sandwich and it had huge flavor and was cooked perfectly. We started with the gumbo and it may have been my favorite cup of gumbo yet. Our server was knowledgeable of the menu (a seemingly obvious but many time lost art nowadays), very friendly, and attentive but not annoyingly so. Overall, just a great and unexpected experience. We will definitely go back next year when we are down in FL.

LD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super chill atmosphere, great food, and super nice staff! We ordered the crab feast, it was deliciousness! Make sure to get it grilled!!!!😍

JC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great evening. We were able to eat outside. Food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family vacation dinner!
Nikki our sever was awesome!

S
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pompano Joe’s! This was our 1st visit to the PCB location! Wr ate out on the patio. Christina was our server, she provided outstanding service and was great with our 4 kids! My crab cake sandwich was terrific and the kiddos loved the fish toes!!

DJ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Won’t go back! To loud and food was not worth the cost. Server was good.

C
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Took over an hour for food, should have known it would be cold , chicken was under cooked. A larger group came in 45 minutes after us and received their Appetizer before we received our meal.

C
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were exciting to go back and eat here. We had a great experience last year on vacation. But this year was a different story. Our server was very unfriendly and you could tell he did not want to be at work that day.

JP
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit to Pompano Joe’s and our first time using the Open Table app. Both were great! We walked around Pier Park while waiting for a table. We ate outside. The food was really good and our waiter Chris was really attentive even though being really busy.

RH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was very good, prompt and courteous. The entrees were outstanding, however the hush puppies were sitting in water from veggies and were soggy. My baked potato was not completely cooked and was cold. Will definitely try again.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food on vacation!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It took a really long time to get our food even though the restaurant was not overly busy. I had the chicken and it was great. My husband and son had the shrimp but it was really dry and tasted bland. It was not worth the money.

MT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive wait staff who gave great recommendations as it was our first visit. Excellent food and incredible view. Asked for a table to watch the sunset and they delivered !

LP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have a seafood allergy. Told the waitress and she was very accomendating. Told the kitchen and my food was brought out separtely and my vegetables where cooked separtely from how it is normally done. Thank you

AA
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tara was wonderful! She helped us enjoy everything we got.

OT
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The hostess was the only positive on this whole experience. She was nice and was accommodating to our request, even got our drinks for us. Food was cold, and aggressively mediocre. The price was literally INSANE, granted the portion size was large, but there is no way the stuff was made fresh based on how cold everything was and how quickly it came out (maybe 5 minutes) which leads me to believe the food isn’t fresh, but mass produced and just sent out. It is physically impossible to cook a grilled chicken all the way through, in less then 5 minutes. Service was a joke, I understand tourist trap places, but I mean you could at least try. Whole experience makes me not want to dine at any pompano joes (sad because it has always been my wife’s favorite) or any other brand that they may have again.

F
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

On vacation. I read the reviews and they were mixed on yelp. I will summarize my ratings. The hostess stand should get a 1 for being indifferent. Our waiter was ok, so he gets a 3. The expensive drinks with no alcohol deserve a 1. The burger everyone raves about was a 2. The shrimp poboy was ok. I expected better considering we are on the coast. My wife had a salad that was outstanding in taste and presentation. No need for me to go back.

Our waiter knew that the table next to us had reservations and did it through OpenTable. He did NOT know we had reservations through OpenTable. To the restaurant I ask, WHY?

KH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Great Service!! Highly recommend! I had the Blackened Grouper and it was amazing!

AN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Reggae Rolls are a must! We both got chicken items for a break from all the seafood during the week, and it was only okay. I had the Caribbean Taco Salad which was gorgeous but the log of queso cheese was off putting. Service was poor, waited 30 min between finishing our appetizers and being served our meals. Thought the waitress forgot to put in order but everyone around us waited same length of time.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Crab cakes were delivered room temperature. Waitress was nowhere to be found. Expensive meal for very mediocre food.

AL
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Even though they accept reservations, they said that just moved us to the front of the line. We arrived on time and still had to wait 25 minutes. Food wasn’t that great, definitely overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live this place. Great food and atmosphere. Stephanie (our server). Was awesome.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Waitress Tina was exceptional. Food mediocre.
Bathrooms were disgusting - I told the girls at the wait station and they rolled their eyes at me with no response. Overall cleanliness of floors, entry way etc.. really bad. If this is what the front of the house looks like I can only imagine the kitchen. If I had gone inside before we ate - I would’ve left.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family- vacation

AS
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from louisville ky and food and drinks were amazing! We will definitely be back

Q
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our reservation was kept and we were promptly seated. I had oysters on the half shell and they were very good. The seafood gumbo soup was good as was my grouper sandwich. The PJ Seafood feast was very good.
The only problem was the steak and shrimp kabob. The shrimp were cold and the steak had grizzle .
Our service was very nice and was accommodating. We would go back.

C
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephanie was an excellent server! Food was great, too. Vacation spot we will come to again.

JK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

We made a 5:30 reservation. Looking at the pictures and menu prices on the web, we thought this would be a fancy seafood place to spend our last night in PCB. It was a disappointment. The food was very overpriced. The free appetizer was pretty gross and they charged us for it bc we split an entree. That was our fault for not reading the coupon. It was very loud and crowded. The glass of wine had approximately 3 ounces of wine in it. If overpriced casual food is your thing, you may disagree.

JT
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

B
Memphis
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As locals in PCB, we love being able to make reservations in a Restaurant with outdoor dining and a beach view. Pompano Joes is located in the most happening spot in town and enjoys a capacity clientele.

The food is always good, arrives in a timely manner, and ample serving size.

The servers are friendly, checked on us without intrusion, and made us feel welcome.

BG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

overall it was a pleasant experience, the food is a bit higher than the other seafood restaurants in the area but on par with ones in Pier Park, overall it was a pleasant experience though.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation which was a lifesaver. We skipped a whole hour wait. They had plenty staff and got us in and out in a timely manner. The food was so amazing. It was a unique menu and everything tasted great.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We were seated outside, and it was a beautiful view and the restaurant was very nice and festive. The service was mediocre. I think our waitress had a preconceived notion that AA don't tip-- which was untrue, and we received less than quality service, even though I noticed her other tables didn't get the same attitude. The food was cold when we received it-- like it had been sitting out forever. We did not get one refill while we were there, and she acted bothered when we asked for to-go plates. We did not complain to her and tipped her well anyway, but I will NOT be going back!

JP
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service, and atmosphere. Liked being able to book a reservation online and not have to wait in line. Would recommend.

BM
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Way overpriced Tourist trap. Waitress was atrocious. Had to search her out and then found another waitress to get our appetizer after waiting nearly 1/2 hour. Food lacked flavor

OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service, ambiance was great...the grouper was cooked perfectly, shrimp and Mahi were good...entrees were all good, hamburger is just average...
the sides however are disappointing. Cost was somewhat pricey in that none of us really ate our sides. Fries, twice baked potato, veggie medley....

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food!

r
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

they don’t really take reservations. when you arrive you wait like everyone else. tonight about 30 minutes. Does NOT belong on open table. good restaurant though.

TH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very expensive. For those prices I expect excellent service and great food and we got neither. Most entrees were $25 plus. The music was extremely loud. Service was not good either.

KK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the scallops and coconut cake dessert!!

Music was a bit loud but reservations online are definitely recommended to get you right in!! Leave early to find parking and allow time to walk a block or two.